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Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

Cristina Arguedas.

Ex-Akin Gump Partner Taps Big-Name Defense Lawyer

By Ross Todd |

Jeffrey Wertkin has hired Cristina Arguedas—lawyer to FedEx and former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds—to defend charges he tried to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint.

Ethics Rule Has Lit Funders Treading Carefully in Class Actions

By Ben Hancock |

Some industry players are steering clear of class actions because of a ban on attorneys sharing fees with nonlawyers. Others are willing to invest but structure their deals to avoid the rule.

Jim Wagstaffe.

James Wagstaffe Defeated Bio-Rad With Storytelling

By David Ruiz |

Trial lawyer James Wagstaffe describes his winning strategy in the wrongful termination suit by whistleblower Sanford Wadler, former general counsel of Bio-Rad Inc. Wadler was awarded more than $15 million.

Cooley's Tech Clients Buoyed Firm’s Finances in 2016

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm saw its gross revenue surge by more than $60 million in 2016, to $974 million, while profits per partner rose by nearly $1 million, to almost $1.97 million. Head count at Cooley hit 854, an increase of more than 50 lawyers from 2015.

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker, executive director of the State Bar of California.

Frustrated Law Deans Take Bar-Exam Complaints to Lawmakers

By Cheryl Miller |

The head of California's state bar told lawmakers on Tuesday "there's no good answer" for why the state requires the second-highest bar exam passing score in the nation. The issue has caught the attention of legislators, who devoted three hours Tuesday to studying the complexities of law school admissions and testing—and hearing from frustrated law deans.

Google Lawyer Says New Laws Needed to Govern Cloud Data

By Ben Hancock |

Companies responding to records requests from law enforcement often face conflicting mandates, said Google's chief counsel for law enforcement and security.

U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, Northern District of California

Judge Blocks Privacy Suit Over Warriors App

By Ross Todd |

The ruling from an Oakland federal judge is the first to deal with privacy issues related to beacon technology used in apps.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Trump Bashes 9th Circuit as Lawyers Pump Brakes on Travel Ban Appeal

By Ross Todd |

President Donald Trump took a shot at the Ninth Circuit during a press conference Thursday, saying the "circuit is in chaos."

Thomas McHenry

Gibson Dunn Partner To Become Vermont Law Dean

By Karen Sloan |

Thomas J.P. McHenry will assume the school's top administrative post on July 1.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Theodore

Ericsson, TCL Battle Over FRAND Patents in 'Cutting-Edge' Case

By Scott Graham |

The Southern California trial is likely to flesh out the limits on royalties that can be charged for standard-essential patents.

Joshua Rosenkranz

5 Takeaways From Oracle's Appeal of Google's Jury Win

By Scott Graham |

A key issue in Oracle's appeal is that the company was not allowed to show Google intended to directly compete with it by bringing Android products to the PC market.

Judge Vince Chhabria, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Chhabria, Set to Rule on Actor-Age Law, Spars With Its Defenders

By Ross Todd |

U.S District Judge Vince Chhabria made clear at a hearing Thursday that he's ready to scrap a California state law that requires online entertainment database IMDb.com to remove actors' ages on request.

Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Big-Law Roster Turns Out to Defend NFL's 'Sunday Ticket'

By Amanda Bronstad |

Covington & Burling, Kirkland & Ellis and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz are working to shut down antitrust suits challenging the exclusive NFL-DirecTV broadcast deal.

Katherine Ku

Wilson Sonsini Welcomes Second New Partner in Two Weeks

By Rebecca Cohen |

A week after welcoming back former technology partner Rezwan Pavri in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has recruited Munger, Tolles & Olson corporate and securities partner Katherine Ku in Los Angeles. Ku made partner at her former firm in 2013.

Katherine Ku

Wilson Sonsini Welcomes Second New Partner in Two Weeks

By Rebecca Cohen |

A week after welcoming back former technology partner Rezwan Pavri in Silicon Valley, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has recruited Munger, Tolles & Olson corporate and securities partner Katherine Ku in Los Angeles. Ku made partner at her former firm in 2013.

Orrick in San Francisco

Orrick Bags Bay Area Squire Patton Boggs Tech Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm, having watched the bulk of its Hong Kong office decamp for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has hired technology partner Squire Patton Boggs in the Bay Area.

Orrick in San Francisco

Orrick Bags Bay Area Squire Patton Boggs Tech Partner

By Rebecca Cohen |

The firm, having watched the bulk of its Hong Kong office decamp for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has hired technology partner Squire Patton Boggs in the Bay Area.

Cyber Security

Are Courts the Next Frontier in Fight Against State Hacking?

By Ben Hancock |

Civil litigation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act could be used to go after state actors for cyberattacks—but it wouldn't be easy.